Category Archives: From the Mainstream

It’s always exciting when Cree language topics make the mainstream news. Here are some great examples.

Update: Public service announcement COVID-19 (y-dialect, audio)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for his Plains Cree (SRO) translation (and audio recording) of the Indigenous Services Canada post about Coronavirus. (And thanks to Christine Longjohn who drew to my attention to this announcement via FaceBook). View the original ISC … Continue reading

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Joi T Arcand, 2019: Àbadanoke | Continuous Fire | Feu continue

Thanks to Connie Berry of Ottawa for sharing photos from her recent visit to the National Gallery of Canada, where Muskeg Lake Cree artist Joi T Arcand was commissioned to create another of her large-scale syllabic installations. In this one, … Continue reading

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Look who’s watching: Hockey in Cree

nikotwâsik tipahikan ka-mâcipayik anôhc. Seven o’clock it starts today. Join Darryl Chamakese and his son “oskâpêwis” in cheering the resilience and resurgence of Cree as a 21st-century language as they watch his “nôhcâwîs” (little father or Uncle) Jason tonight on … Continue reading

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My Heart Fills with Happiness: 550,000 Books in Plains Cree distributed across Canada

My heart fills with happiness whenever I see the artwork of Governor General’s award-winning illustrator Julie Flett. It swells just a little more to count Julie among the friends of Literacy, Cree language revitalization, and the use of consistent standard … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Exoneration Ceremony, May 2019

Let’s honour him by remembering his name in Cree: pîhtokahânapiwiyin (literally,  “he who sits at the [buffalo] pound”). Deep respect and congratulations to everyone at Poundmaker Cree Nation who has helped make this happen by petitioning for the exoneration of … Continue reading

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PhD Thesis Abstract: Full Text (Solomon Ratt)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing the dissertation abstract – both in English and in Cree – for us to study here, and thanks to Aydin Torkabadi for the really thoughtful gesture of respect for First Languages.  Read the full … Continue reading

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Order of Canada 2018: Fred Sasakamoose, C.M.

From the 2016 Globe and Mail Profile: “He was barely out of his teens when he took faceoffs against Maurice Richard and played against Gordie Howe, Jean Béliveau and Tim Horton.” Congratulations to Fred – the very first Indigenous player in … Continue reading

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ahkamêyimo, Robert-Falcon Ouellette! Petitioning for Cree Language Support in the House of Commons

(First, here’s a link to the petition – that could really use your support!) https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1234 Robert-Falcon Oullette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, rose to address the House of Commons in Cree in May 2017 about the safety of Indigenous … Continue reading

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Beyond the Kinship System: About Family Relationships

Today while families are gathering for Thanksgiving (or at least, to share a good meal of turkey!) seems like a good time to share Doug Cuthand’s May 2016 piece about family ties. Published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix appeared under the … Continue reading

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“Feds Rushing to help save endangered Indigenous languages”

CBC News sure can write a great headline! Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 It was a genuine pleasure for me to meet Arif Virani and his colleagues in Winnipeg last month for pre-engagement hearings on the new Indigenous Languages Act, … Continue reading

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